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Teacher Allegedly Feeds Puppy to Snapping Turtle

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 March 2018 04:02 PM

An Idaho science teacher allegedly fed a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students in his classroom after school hours and is now being investigated.

The puppy was reportedly alive, but sick and going to die when Robert Crosland allegedly fed it to a snapping turtle in his classroom while students were present on March 7 after school hours, Fox News reported.

Police became involved in the investigation when an animal rights activist, Jill Parrish, filed a police report against Crosland after learning about the incident from another teacher, Fox News reported.

Crosland has not been placed on leave, suspended or fired. Preston School District sent a letter to parents saying the incident had not occurred as "part of any school directed program" and that the incident was "regrettable," Fox News reported.

"While the district certainly does not condone individual actions that may violate district policy or reasonable expectations of behavior, we hope that any errors in judgment made by a teacher in this instance will not cause us to forget the years of care, effort and passion the teacher has given to students," the letter continued.

According to East Idaho News, Crosland is a popular teacher at the school and keeps snakes and other animals in his biology classroom. Three former students who did not want to be named said that Crosland had on other occasions fed guinea pigs to snakes and turtles during class.

"He is a cool teacher who really brought science to life," one student said, the News reported. "I loved his class because he had turtles and snakes and other cool things."

The district said it is taking steps to prevent anything like the alleged event from happening again, the News reported.

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